Garagiola said his fondest memory was the 2001 season when the Diamondbacks, with his son, Joe Garagiola Jr., as the team’s general manager, beat the New York Yankees in the World Series.
Garagiola said he will most miss being around the players and the interaction. Not to worry too much — Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall said Garagiola will have all the access he always did. The team will honor him at a game on April 12.
‘‘Baseball, it hasn’t changed that much,’’ Garagiola said. ‘‘You still have to hit the ball and you still have to catch it. Good players will win and bad players will lose. Winners win and losers make excuses. It’s as simple as that.’’